Dear “Theory Geeks,”
Even among some good musicians, music theory is occasionally regarded as more of a “nice to know” thing. Interesting place to visit, but they don’t want to hang around too long.
By contrast, I am shameless enough – dare I say, proud enough – to put forth that I am a music theory GEEK. I like staying “all up in theory land,” and often.
Music theory teaches us WHAT works, and also what CAN WORK. And, if it AIN’T WORKING, it’s usually easier to know WHY, because you possess a systematic command of how rhythm, melody, and harmony work together.
Notice I put rhythm first. Too often neglected — but I put it first in my musical thinking. More on that in other posts.
OK…If you’ve read this far, I guess we have a quorum! Two geeks is always a quorum in my experience. Partly because it’s so hard to find a third geek, on short notice. Anyway welcome, can I get you some coffee? Orange Julius?*
*My Orange Julius offer is from the first Blues Brothers movie.
I’m sharing a dialog below between a YouTube viewer and me. NOTE: I’m not extremely active on YouTube: This website (Piano with Kent) is the best source for all my teaching stuff.
CAVEAT: I’m only venturing an educated guess with my final answer to this one (youtube viewers were told that fact in my reply). The “query in question” is specific to a certain Hindustani raga scale. I had to do some additional research on that scale and its cousins before answering this one.
Even if you don’t care about the scale above, I’m also sharing this because it may help people re scales in general.
That’s it. There’s some time you’ll never get back. Theory geeking is an indulgence so thanks for hanging in!